Friday, November 30, 2007

Should Students Be Expelled Over MySpace Pictures?

I find it really disturbing that school officials are expelling students for pictures on their MySpace accounts. There are three incidents that I've heard about. When did schools have jurisdiction over the Internet and what students do during their non-school activities. Why not talk to the students with their parents about the negative images then give them a chance to update their accounts (if the parents deem it necessary) before they just expelled them. It is the parent's responsibility to "parent" their children not the school. The students do need to know that what they put online others can see but what does expelling them actually teach them.

I thought the focus of schools were to educate students instead they are closing the door on their educational future. I think education is one of the most important things in the world. Many of the schools state they have a zero-tolerance policy, which pretty much every school has. Maybe it's a little hokey but why not have the students create a presentation on the perils of negative images and behaviors or some other form of "punishment" that would result in them learning something positive instead of just getting kicked out of school leaving them to try to find another school (which will probably be hard with a expulsion attached to their name), home schooling or some other option.

I'm not a parent, but I graduated from college when and were starting to become really popular and I can remember people posting pictures that most might deem inappropriate but it's like Maslow's hierarchy of need of belonging, they post things because they don't want to be left out. They want to be part of the group and they want to be accepted. The more raunchy or outrageous the pictures the more "friends" they seem to have on their accounts.

I see if the students were planning something violent on the school or inciting violence towards students at school through the use of their MySpace account then the school should step in but to expel students over pictures is a little ridiculous in my opinion.

What's your opinion, should students be expelled over their MySpace pictures? Is there another option or is expulsion the only option?

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